Science Center at Hudson Valley Community College Marks a New Chapter in Student Learning, Workforce Development
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FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013
College, county and state officials as well as representatives from the State University of New York gathered today to celebrate the official opening of Hudson Valley Community College’s Science Center, a $47.4 million, 100,000-square-foot project that transforms the educational landscape at one of the Capital Region’s largest institutions of higher education.
“In this, our 60th year of serving the Capital Region, it’s fitting that we open a new building that not only transforms our campus but also the lives of our students,” said President Andrew J. Matonak. “The new Science Center will help us educate the next generation of science, healthcare and technology leaders and also help us fuel the Capital Region workforce.”
As the Capital Region’s STEM and healthcare-related industries continue to grow, the demand for a qualified workforce continues to increase. Hudson Valley's health care and science programs, including Biotechnology, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences and Environmental Science, are an integral link between the companies seeking skilled employees and those seeking training and employment.
The need for a new Science Center, which was funded by Rensselaer County and the State of New York, was identified while developing the campus-wide facilities master plan in 2006. Input from various stakeholder groups, including students, faculty and administrators, created an accurate inventory of existing conditions and projected the need for the new building.
Since 2005, the college has seen an enrollment increase of 20 percent in biology, chemistry and physics courses. Our highly respected science program graduates bring a solid educational foundation to the job market or to other institutions of higher learning. Graduates find employment locally with such institutions as Albany Medical Center, Albany Molecular Research Institute, Atotech, GlobalFoundries, Regeneron, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University at Albany Biotech Center, NYS Police Forensics Investigations Center and Wadsworth Labs.
Classes in the new building began on Aug. 26, the first day of the Fall 2013 academic term. More than 7,500 Hudson Valley students from 25 different degree programs are studying in the Science Center this fall. The building offers 25 laboratories for biology, chemistry, physics, biotechnology, biomanufacturing, earth science and forensics and also contains 11 classrooms, faculty offices, conference and computer lab spaces, a science study center and a greenhouse.
The building offers students the opportunity to explore new technologies and master cutting-edge equipment used in the biotechnology field. Equipment and processes now available to students include high-performance liquid chromatography and mass spectroscopy; confocal microscopes; flow cytometers and sorters, advanced digital microscopy; DNA sequencers; real-time PCR detection systems; and automated protein/RNA electrophoresis.
Construction on the 100,000-square-foot Science Center began in the summer of 2011. At the peak of construction, approximately 90 to 100 workers were working on site.
Mosaic Associates of East Greenbush collaborated with Payette of Boston on the building’s design. Troy’s U.W. Marx Construction Company served as the project manager. Several other local firms were a part of the construction of the facility. They include Jersen Construction Group, LLC (Waterford); Stone Bridge Iron and Steel, Inc. (Gansevoort); AFI Glass and Architectural Metal, Inc. (Poughkeepsie); Bette & Cring, LLC (Latham); Campito Plumbing and Heating, Inc. (Latham); T. Lemme Mechanical, Inc. (Menands); Comalli Group, Inc. (Pittsfield, MA); Spencer-Virnoche, Inc. (Clay); Ryan-Biggs Associates, P.C. (Clifton Park); and Condor Fire Sprinkler, LLC (Schenectady).
The Science Center is expected to achieve a LEED Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, marking it as a sustainable, energy-efficient new construction. Visit www.hvcc.edu/sciencecenter for photos and more information.
Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers 75 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 13,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 75,000 alumni.